Afternoon of fun and music planned for March 25
Klez 11 will benefit the Kosher Food Bank, which supplements the food needs of more than 150 Jewish individuals and families in our community.
Many Kosher Food Bank clients are seniors or new immigrants, but poverty can be an issue within all demographics in these tough economic times.
Klez Ottawa was initiated in 2008 by Adath Shalom Congregation. It was an evening of Jewish music and dance with the purpose of raising funds for the Kosher Food Bank. The first Klez evening was co-sponsored with Congregation Agudath Israel. Since then, Congregation Beth Shalom, The Glebe Minyan, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Or Haneshamah (OrH) and Temple Israel have joined the sponsor list.
Many musicians and performers generously donate their time to create a lively, freilich experience of Jewish music, song and dance.
Klez 11 will include A Touch of Klez, Ottawa’s well-known Klezmer band (now celebrating its 18th year) and Musica Ebraica, an accomplished choir specializing in Jewish music of all kinds. International Folk Dancers of Ottawa, led by Susan Barker, will lead the folk dancing and encourage everyone to join their circle and dance to the lively music. New this year, Folkshpeiler performers Shirley Steinberg and Ruben Friedman, will give us a taste of Yiddish humour, with some comedy sketches.
Touch of Klez performs traditional Klezmer music including bulgars, shers, Yiddish horas and waltzes. Members include Fred Brown (double bass), Ernie Brodo (mandolin), Eric Elkin (flute), Alison James (keyboard), Shaina Lipsey (vocals), Don McVeigh (banjo), Ruth Mendell (clarinet), Steve Shapransky (percussion) and Peter Teitelbaum (clarinet).
Musica Ebraica, with conductor Rabbi Liz Bolton and accompanist Carol Gurofsky, will present selections of Yiddish and Hebrew songs.
This year, the concert will be an afternoon event and take place at a new venue, the SJCC. As always there will be snacks and drinks.
The organizers of Klez 11 invite everyone, from kids to grandparents, to join us for a fun afternoon in support of a very important cause. If you cannot join us please consider becoming a sponsor, either as an individual, family or company. If you would like to become a private or corporate sponsor, please call Paul Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klez 11 will take place on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Kosher Food Bank.
Admission to Klez 11 is $10 per person, with an optional donation to the food bank welcome. Cheques should be made out to Kehillat Beth Israel, specifying Kosher Food Bank on the memo line.